Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New Yorker, Politico, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Published: Mariah MacCarthy On Her New Show Baby Mama

Originally published on Paste Magazine View this story online When asked, “What is scarier—doing live theater or giving birth?” Mariah MacCarthy responds without hesitating, “Doing live theater.” The New York-based playwright, producer, author and performer who runs Caps Lock Company … Continue reading


Published: 8 ‘Trumptastic’ Holiday Gifts

Originally published on Politico View this story online Ten years ago, I worked at Trump magazine, the short-lived publication that aimed to attract a readership of wealthy men with an unending parade of luxury. Articles promised “the best” American caviar, … Continue reading


Review: Dead Poets Society

    * Hearing the phrase “Carpe diem” is sure to bring some misty-eyed memories to audience members at Dead Poet’s Society. The new play at Classic Stage Company, is adapted by Tom Schulman from his own Oscar-winning script of … Continue reading


Review: Dear Evan Hansen

  “Be yourself.” It sounds simple, but this suggestion is anything but, especially in Dear Evan Hansen, the astonishingly moving new musical at the Music Box Theater on Broadway. This new and, even more astonishingly, completely original musical that wasn’t … Continue reading


Review: The Hard Nut

The set is cartoonish but the emotions are anything but in The Hard Nut, Mark Morris’ adaptation of The Nutcracker. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the dance performance, playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, remains … Continue reading


Published: American political history has plenty of precedent when it comes to politicians abusing women: Trump’s was totally outrageous, not too outrageous to get elected

Originally published on Salon.com View this story online There was no shortage of scandal surrounding Trump’s presidential campaign, when voters witnessed his refusal to release his tax returns, jaw-droppingly racist statements and dozens of lawsuits. But it was the October surprise … Continue reading


Published: Performance Artist Cecilia Corrigan Kisses Her Muse, Hillary Clinton, Goodbye

Originally published in The Village Voice View this story online Like many Americans, artist Cecilia Corrigan was expecting to spend the final months of 2016 celebrating Hillary Clinton’s election to the presidency. But dreading a future under the alternative is … Continue reading


Published: How Hamilton Star Lexi Lawson Brings One of History’s Inspiring Moms to Life

Originally published on CafeMom View this story online Lexi Lawson may be a newcomer to Broadway, but she has stepped into the role of Eliza in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton with short notice and apparent ease. With the hit Broadway musical … Continue reading